California One-Pager (State's Fuel Quality Regulation)
CA Div of Measurement Standards
  NCWM Region
  Primary Contact
Kristin Macey
  Last Modified 11/17/2014  
(916) 229-3000
  Fuel Authority
Regulatory (state regulations); Statutory (enacted legislation)
  Statutory/Regulatory Citation
CA Business and Professions Code:Sections 12027,13405,13401, 13440-13443, and 13450-13451. Biodiesel blending stock shall meet the specifications set forth by ASTM International in the latest version of “Standard Specification for Biodiesel Fuel (B100) Blend Stock for Distillate Fuels D 6751”,contained in the ASTM publication entitled: Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 5, Volume 05:04.Labeling and Price Advertising Sign Requirements for Biodiesel. Biodiesel blends shall have the words “Biodiesel fuel (BXX)”, where XX represents the volume percent biodiesel in the fuel, used to describe the name of the product on all dispensers, advertising signs, and storage tank labels as required in Section 13480 and 13532. Section 13405. Some exceptions to full adoption of ASTM specificatons apply. DEVELOPMENTAL ENGINE FUELS: The Department of Food and Agriculture may grant a variance from the specifications of this chapter for developmental engine fuels under certain conditions. This includes the development of test methods, parameters, parameter limits and test precision for biodiesel blends greater than B-20. http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/dms/
  Fuels Currently Regulated
Diesel Fuel_yes; B100-Biodiesel_yes; Biodiesel-Blends_yes
  Fuel Specifications
B6-20_ASTM D7467; B1-B5_ASTM D975; B100_ASTM D6751; PetroDiesel_ASTM D975
  Other Specifications California Code of Regulations Article 5. Engine Fuel Standards: 4140. Definitions Used in Title 4, Division 9, Chapters 6 and 7.; Sec.4142:Kerosene-D 3699; Sec.4143:Fuel Oil-D 396; Sec. 4144:Diesel Fuel-D 975; Sec. 4145:Developmental Fuels; Sec. 4148 Biodiesel Blends; Sec.4202 Labeling and Price Sign Advertising Requirements for Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends  
  If no spec - plan to adopt  
  Process to Adopt Specifications
Administrative Rulemaking; Legislative Process
  ASTM-Rev Adopted
periodic - adopt & update per set schedule (e.g. annually)
  Proactive Tests
Biodiesel (B100); Biodiesel Blends (Bxx); Diesel Fuel. Setting up existing equipment to do proactive sample testing for the complete B100 Tier II protocol.
  Reactive Test Circumstance
Consumer complaints Random sampling
  Fuel Test Performed
- Sulfur; - Sulfated Ash; - Stability; - Phosphorus; - Copper Strip; - Cetane; - Flash Point; - Density; - Water & Sediment; - Visual; - Total Ca / Mg; - Total Na / K; - Acid Number; - Glycerin; - Cloud Point; - Cold Soak Filtration; - % Biodiesel
  Where Sampled
Terminal / Blender; Retailer
  Where Tested
State's In-House Lab
$1,000 and/or six months in county jail.
  How to Report
  Dispenser Labeling 4202. Labeling and Price Sign Advertising Requirements for Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends. (a) The labeling on biodiesel and biodiese1 blend dispensers shall meet the requirements of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 16 CFR Part 306 "Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting" Rule, as published in the Federal Register Volume 75, Number 50, dated March 16,2010, which are hereby incorporated. (b) The name of the product and grade designation shall be on all dispensers, advertising signs, and storage tank labels as required in Section 13480 and 13532 of the Business and Professions Code. (c) Every biodiese1 dispenser dispensing blends greater than 5. volume percent shall display on each customer side, as required by Section 13484 of the Business and Professions Code, a sign clearly visible which reads as follows: "THIS FUEL CONTAINS BIODIESEL. CHECK THE OWNER'S MANUAL OR WITH YOUR ENGINE MANUFACTURER BEFORE USING." NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 12027 and 13450, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 13480 and 13484, Business and Professions Code.
  Tank Labeling